People and Gardens

April 2013

THE GARDEN CONSERVANCY 
POST OFFICE BOX 219 ● COLD SPRING, NEW YORK 10516 ● 845.424.6500/6501 FAX 
For Immediate Release
Jenny Young du Pont Named President of the Garden Conservancy 
Experienced executive to lead the national nonprofit organization 
beginning April 8, 2013 
MARCH 18, 2013,GARRISON,NY: Jenny Young du Pont will become President and Chief 
Executive Officer of the Garden Conservancy on April 8, Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr., Chairman of the 
Board, announced today. 
Mr. Lenhardt added, “We enthusiastically welcome Jenny to the Garden Conservancy. The Board of 
Directors has great confidence in her ability to move the organization forward as we implement the 
pillars of our ambitious new strategic plan: save, share, educate, and advocate. She brings proven 
talents, varied skills, and an impressive resume as the executive director of Miracle House of New 
York, an attorney in the U.S. and London, and a leader on philanthropic and nonprofit boards.” 
Ms. du Pont said, “I’m delighted about this opportunity to work with the Garden Conservancy and 
to build on its twenty-three years of accomplishments. It’s an exciting time for the organization to 
expand its garden preservation and education programs, including Open Days. I look forward to 
working with the Garden Conservancy’s board, staff, Fellows, members, and volunteers, as well as 
with organizations and gardens in communities across the country.” 
Since 2010, Ms. du Pont has been a legal and strategic consultant advising clients on business 
development, marketing, legal issues, and investor relations. Her clients have included various media, 
technology, and financial firms. 
From 2007 to 2009, she served as Executive Director of Miracle House of New York, Inc., a 
nonprofit social services agency in New York City. Previously, she was an in-house attorney for 
Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation in Boston, MA, and practiced law at Covington & Burling 
and Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C. and London, England. 
Ms. du Pont also has an extensive record of philanthropic work. A former Trustee of Phillips Exeter 
Academy, she has also served as a Director and Overseer for the Conservation Law Foundation in 
Boston, and an Overseer for Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, MA. She is currently president of 
the Exeter Association of Greater New York, a class officer and fundraiser for her class at Princeton, 
and a Director and Secretary of the American Friends of the British Museum. She earned a joint 
JD/MSFS degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and the Edmund A. 
Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an AB in History cum laude from 
Princeton University, and graduated with high honors from Phillips Exeter Academy. 
She lives with her husband and their four children in Tarrytown, New York. 
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About the Garden Conservancy 
Since its founding in 1989 by renowned plantsman Frank Cabot, the Garden Conservancy has done 
more than any other national institution to save and preserve America’s exceptional gardens for the 
education and enjoyment of the public. Five of the gardens with which the Garden Conservancy is 
working are National Historic Landmarks and seventeen are listed on the National Register of 
Historic Places. In 1995, the Garden Conservancy launched a national garden-visiting program, 
Open Days, through which more than 300 private gardens now open their gates to thousands of 
visitors every year. The Conservancy also presents lectures and symposia in a number of regional 
centers to provide its members, horticulturists, landscape professionals, and the public a source of 
contemporary ideas relevant to gardening, design, and preservation. 
Major support for the Conservancy comes from its more than 4,000 members, including more than 
300 patrons in the Conservancy’s Society of Fellows. In 2010, the Conservancy successfully 
completed a $15 million Campaign to Save America’s Exceptional Gardens, establishing an 
endowment fund to provide permanent support for the organization’s mission. 
In April 2012, the Garden Conservancy received the prestigious Historic Preservation Medal from 
the Garden Club of America “in recognition of outstanding work in the field of preservation and/or 
restoration of historic gardens or buildings of national importance.” In 2009, the Conservancy 
received the Organizational Excellence Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 
For more information, see www.gardenconservancy.org. 
Jenny Young du Pont named president of the Garden Conservancy 

Jenny Young du Pont will become president and chief executive officer of the Garden Conservancy on April 8, Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr., chairman of the board, announced recently. Since 2010, Ms. du Pont has been a legal and strategic consultant advising clients on business development, marketing, legal issues, and investor relations. Her clients have included various media, technology, and financial firms. From 2007 to 2009, she served as executive director of Miracle House of New York, Inc., a nonprofit social services agency in New York City.
 
Previously, she was an in-house attorney for Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts, and practiced law at Covington & Burling and Sidley & Austin in Washington, DC and London, England. Ms. du Pont also has an extensive record of philanthropic work. A former trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy, she has also served as a director and overseer for the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, and an Overseer for Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts. She is currently president of the Exeter Association of Greater New York, a class officer and fundraiser for her class at Princeton, and a director and secretary of the American Friends of the British Museum. She earned a joint JD/MSFS degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an AB in history cum laude from Princeton University, and graduated with high honors from Phillips Exeter Academy. 
 
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Dr. C. Ritchie Bell passed away on March 6, 2013

The North Carolina Botanical Garden has lost one of its most ardent and long-lived friends, Dr. C. Ritchie Bell. An active and influential scientist, Bell enthusiastically advanced the appreciation and conservation of native plants, especially in the southeastern United States..

Ritchie was born April 10, 1921, in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Asheville, Noth Carolina. He served in the Army Air force as a B25 pilot with sitxy-one missions based in Italy and Burma. He received his AB in 1947 (Class of 1945) and his MA in botany in 1949 at University of Noth Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and his PhD in botany at University of California-Berkeley in 1953. After teaching for two years at the University of Illinois, he came back to UNC-CH as an assistant professor in botany in 1955 where he remained until his retirement from teaching in 1991. He helped establish the North Carolina Botanical Garden and was the founding director (1961-1986). With William C. Justice, Ritchie co-authored the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas, and the popular Wild Flowers of North Carolina, both published by The University of North Carolina Press in 1968. He also co-authored Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants (1980) Fall Color and Woodland Harvests of the Eastern Forests (1990) and Fall Color Finder (1991) published by Laurel Hill Press. His awards included the Silver Seal Award from the National Council of Garden Clubs in 1979, the Flora Caroliniana Award from the NC Botanical Garden in 1999 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UNC-CH in 2007.
 
Ritchie is survived by his wife, Anne Lindsey; his son, David Bell of Chapel Hill; his sister, Patricia Ramsey of Asheville; and his brother, W. David Bell of Macon, North Carolina.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/03/12/2743174/c-ritchie-bell.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cp

Click here to read more on Ritchie Bell:  http://ncbg.unc.edu/cr-bell/

 



Fairchild Garden celebrates 75th anniversary

Dr. David Fairchild was one of the greatest plant explorers of all time. He retired to Miami in 1935, where he shared his vast knowledge and experience in tropical plants with Colonel Robert H. Montgomery, who founded Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and named it to honor his friend. Opened to the public in 1938, Fairchild was established on an eighty-three-acre site south of Miami that was purchased by Colonel Montgomery and later deeded in large part to Miami-Dade County.

Today, seventy-five years later, with forty-five thousand members and more than twelve hundred volunteers, Fairchild Garden is one of the world's best science, conservation, and education-based gardens and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Exhibiting some of the tropical world's rarest and most beautiful plants within the tapestry of an iconic landscape design, Fairchild has conservation programs in over twenty countries throughout the tropical world including Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. Fairchild Garden is home to the American Orchid Society and holds the Orchid Festival every spring. Fairchild's Wings of the Tropics Butterfly Conservatory features thousands of butterflies and an interactive metamorphosis laboratory plus hummingbirds and rare orchids.

For more information, visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

 



Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades adds Fredda Butowsky & Toni Mastrullo to Advisory Council

 Nancy Marshall, President of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, which champions the restoration and preservation of the historic River of Grass ecosystem, today announced the addition of Fredda Butowsky and Toni Mastrullo to the nonprofit organization’s 25-person Advisory Council.
 
Fredda Butowsky joins the Advisory Council after serving as the organization’s Office Administrator over the last year.  She brings more than two decades of experience as a legal secretary, office manager and administrator, and has been a resident of Palm Beach County since 1997. Ms. Butowsky also serves as a Docent at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach and is on the screening committee for the Jewish Film Festival. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Fordham University where she earned a degree in Psychology, she is a stepmother of four and has eight grandchildren.
Toni Mastrullo is President & CEO of Telecom Resources of America, Inc. (TRA), a certified WBE (Women Business-Owned Entity) that concentrates on both communication products and product procurement and installation in the healthcare industry. Ms. Mastrullo has been active in ABWA and currently sits on the Board of the YWCA of Palm Beach County, where she is a member of the finance committee of that Board.  She also is on the Board of the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. “Keeping Music Alive” in our area schools. 
 
 
For more information about the Marshall Foundation, please call 561.233.9004 or visit www.artmarshall.org.
Nancy Marshall, president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, which champions the restoration and preservation of the historic River of Grass ecosystem, today announced the addition of Fredda Butowsky and Toni Mastrullo to the nonprofit organization’s twenty-five-person Advisory Council.
 
Fredda Butowsky joins the Advisory Council after serving as the organization’s office administrator over the last year.  She brings more than two decades of experience as a legal secretary, office manager, and administrator, and has been a resident of Palm Beach County since 1997. Ms. Butowsky also serves as a docent at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach and is on the screening committee for the Jewish Film Festival. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Fordham University where she earned a degree in psychology, she is a stepmother of four and has eight grandchildren.
 
 
Toni Mastrullo is president & CEO of Telecom Resources of America, Inc. (TRA), a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBOE) that concentrates on both communication products and product procurement and installation in the healthcare industry. Ms. Mastrullo has been  active in th American Business Women's Association and currently sits on the Board of the YWCA of Palm Beach County, where she is a member of the finance committee.  She also is on the board of the Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., which works to keep music alive in South Florida schools. 
 
 
For more information about the Marshall Foundation, please call 561.233.9004 or visit www.artmarshall.org.
 
 

 

Westonbirt awarded top-level Accreditation by ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program

The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum are pleased to announce that England's Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, has been awarded a Level IV Accreditation, the highest level achievable. By achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, Westonbirt, which is managed by the Forestry Commission of England, is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in The Morton Register of Arboreta.

 

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is located in Gloucestershire, England, about a two-hour drive west from London. The arboretum is a remarkable place for people to enjoy and learn about trees. Created in the nineteenth century by Victorian entrepreneur Robert Holford, the six-hundred-acre arboretum was planted during the period of unprecedented introduction and availability of new plants to UK growers. Laid out in a relatively short period, the treescape owes much to Holford’s regard for the landscape principles of William Sawrey Gilpin. Westonbirt attracts around four-hundred thousand visitors a year. It also supports a range of educational programs and learning activities, ranging from guided walks to web-based interpretation.

 

To find out more about Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt.  For more about the ArbNet Accreditation Program, visit www.arbnet.org.